By L. Kallestrup
This e-book bargains a comparability of lay and inquisitorial witchcraft prosecutions. In many of the early glossy interval, witchcraft jurisdiction in Italy rested with the Roman Inquisition, while in Denmark basically the secular courts raised trials. Kallestrup explores the narratives of witchcraft as they have been laid ahead by way of humans enthusiastic about the rigors.
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Augustine had argued that the Devil and demons did not create anything real,44 but Thomas Aquinas took precisely the opposite view. 45 The Devil and the demons were indeed capable of generating great wonders, which could be similar to miracles in appearance. 46 A woman’s love produced through magical rituals was not true love. The demons could create something that resembled love, but it was still the work of demons and therefore a deception, and a demon’s trickery would always be fatal to the human soul.
108 These manuals were intended as guides to the inquisitors in their fieldwork, they described elements of the diabolical witch that the inquisition found necessary to communicate. 109 In Sacro Arsenale Eliseo Masini expressed the same fundamental attitudes towards diabolical witchcraft as Scaglia. Many of the paragraphs seem to have been more or less copied from Scaglia’s manual. Where Scaglia worked from the overall term sortilegio (sorcery), Masini preferred the term stregoneria (diabolic witchcraft).
Thomas Aquinas argued against this. The power had to come from the person or the thing that the magician had addressed. In his eyes magical rituals were characterized by the practitioner having addressed something outside human nature. He had summoned a power superior to himself – he had summoned demons. When these demons appeared, they would obediently follow commands. 47 To Thomas Aquinas, the conclusion was that witchcraft onlyy happened through the medium of the Devil and his demons. The remedies of the magician, especially words and formulas, possessed no powers on their own.
Agents of Witchcraft in Early Modern Italy and Denmark by L. Kallestrup